Welcome to Elevator, where we invest in early-stage Israeli talent and act as a full strategic, operational and financial partner.

Our values

MOVING YOU WITH THE MARKET. FAST.

Israeli startups spend most of their first year working to validate their product in their target market.

Elevator makes it easier for startups to reach their customers and get access to the resources they need to grow. We invest in great ideas and exceptional teams. Elevator prides itself on an environment of honest and direct feedback - we want to help companies pivot and improve.

verticals

Fintech

The financial industry is ripe for innovation. Israeli entrepreneurs struggle to penetrate financial institutions because of their size, complexity, and bureaucracy.

Elevator’s strategic partnership with Bank Leumi, as well as strategic business relationships with major US financial institutions, allows our companies to cut the red tape and get the right products to market more efficiently.

New Media & E-Commerce

We believe the next wave of digital media and eCommerce innovation will come from better connecting man to machine.  At Elevator, we understand that Israeli-based startups can have trouble understanding and reaching their target market.

Elevator helps startups better understand their customers, and provides a global perspective at every stage of development.

Cyber Security

Cyber security is a fast-growing industry in Israel, while many companies lack the understanding of these complex organizations they are selling to. We provide the best of both worlds; a platform for large corporations seeking innovative solutions in cyber security and an unparalleled distribution network of entrepreneurs to tap into.

The deal
5-MONTH PROGRAM
Elevator developed a unique method of start-up funding. We first invest up to $200k in companies that we believe have the potential to reach "market readiness" within 5 months. We get there together.
  • product validation
    Product Validation
  • product validation
    Customers pipeline nurturing
  • product validation
    Beta preparation
  • product validation
    User experience and design
  • product validation
    Marketing
  • product validation
    IP
  • product validation
    Business material
  • product validation
    Communication skills in English
  • product validation
    Add on services - office space, sponsors package of $180K
  • product validation
    Target market soft landing - 1 month in New York
At the end of the 5 months Elevator can invest additional capital and often syndicates a company's seed round. Elevator takes 8-12% for its initial investment and product validation and the market prices the value of the additional financing
founder testimonials
"Elevator helped Swayy grow from a very early-stage startup to where it is today. We pivoted 2 times since joining Elevator, and constantly improved our business model. The honesty from Elevator’s management was critical, and helped us recognize when to move onto a new model. Elevator always had a place for us to sit if needed, and they were the first call we made any time we needed support."
Ohad Frankfurt
Co-Founder & CEO @ Swayy
"Elevator prepares you to launch your ideas in the real world. We developed a strong team bond and gained access to investors, mentors, and partners. In addition, we had access to fantastic sponsors and a dynamic working space."
Arie Shpanya
Founder & CEO @ WisePricer
"Elevator was instrumental in helping us focus on a value proposition which accelerated our arrival at an MVP. As alum, Elevator and its network continues its support, most recently though their partnership with Google. I just returned from a Blackbox Connect immersion program in Silicon Valley thanks to Elevator!"
Tanya Bokobza
Founder & CEO @ Morpheus
"The people behind Elevator really capture the essence of starting up a tech company here in Israel. During the 5 months program we've received valuable advise from mentors. We were introduced to angel investors and venture capitalists who eventually helped us to secure our seed funding. With an extensive network, Elevator folks have managed to put us in touch with potential customers and made us feel like they were our partners in making our venture a success."
Yoel Feldman
Co-Founder & COO @ SalesFloor.it
"Elevator and Bank Leumi’s partnership has given Pythia the opportunity to pilot within a financial institution. Elevator’s network and insights have opened the doors to a market sooner than we could have ever imagined. We have been able to optimize and focus our investment strategy and refine our market approach. The ability to meet other companies in the program, share ideas, questions and challenges has enabled Pythia to learn from a collective source of experience."
Eran Drukman
Co-Founder & CEO @ Pythia
"I started out working with one other coder, and together we had a product with great traction and thousands of users. We joined Elevator and immediately started meeting potential investors and mentors. The process proved to be tremendously helpful both in focusing us on the 'right' product and securing initial investment. Elevator continues to support us today with many relevant business connections and through helping us grow our network."
Erez Rusovsky
Co-Founder & CEO @ Rollout.io
contributors
  • Adam Singolda

    Founder and CEO
    Taboola

  • Avishai Abrahami

    Co-founder and CEO

    Wix

  • Tal Morgenstern

    Associate
    Sequoia Capital

  • Liat Aaronson

    Executive Director
    IDC Herzilya

  • Asaf Horesh

    Associate
    Greylock Partners

  • Gil Hirsch

    Product Manager
    Facebook

  • Ron Gura

    Director Head
    Ebay Innovation Center

  • Eilon Tirosh

    Chairman
    MomentMe

  • Eyal Gura

    Co-Founder
    Zebra Medical
    Vision

  • Gil Canaani

    Associate
    Canaan Partners

  • Raphael Ouzan

    Founder and CTO
    Billguard

  • Arale Cohen

    CEO
    2B Angels

  • Oz Katz

    CTO
    Swayy

  • Paz Eshel

    Investor
    Battery Ventures

  • Maya Pizov

    Principal
    Carmel Ventures

  • Yan Chelly

    Senior Manager
    Ebay

  • David Hirsch

    Managing Partner
    Metamoprhic Ventures

  • Tomer Dvir

    Co-Founder and CEO
    Soluto

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Press
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  • 29.04.14
    MOBurst Raises $500k to Enter the U.S. Market
    Mobile marketing company MOBurst raised $500,000 from the Elevator Fund to expand overseas. Read More
  • 08.06.2014
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  • 06.06.14
    תלמדו מאפל: העתיד נמצא בחומרה
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  • 06.08.13
    Leumi Banking on Startups
    Leumi bank and the Elevator accelerator, team up to launch new financial technology track. Read More
  • 30.10.13
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  • 28.06.12
    המדריך הישראלי המלא למאיצי סטארטאפים (Startup Accelerators)
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  • 01.11.2012
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  • 10.09.12
    השתתפתי בתוכנית accelerator ושרדתי כדי לספר
    בתחילת השנה חזרתי מחו"ל ומצאתי את עצמי מובטל. זו הייתה תקופה של סגירת קצוות וחיפוש אתגרים חדשים. רצה הגורל ואריה (מייסד שותף ב-WisePricer... Read More
  • 06.08.13
    בנק לאומי ישקיע לראשונה בחברות סטארט־אפ פיננסיות
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  • 10.04.14
    Myze Locates Best Credit Card Offers
    Myze trolls credit card companies' sites to match offers to cardholders.
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  • 06.03.14
    Startup Club: Swayy
    Shalom Life speaks to Lior Degani VP of Marketing at the social media marketing company, on how they provide users with personalized content Read More
  • 27.01.14
    In the Land of Content Sharing, Swayy Hopes to Become King
    Social media is maturing , and with that shift, more focus is being placed on content marketing and sharing. That’s where Swayy comes in. Read More
  • 03.01.14
    Israeli Fintech Start-ups Get Their Place in the Sun
    Leumi Group, joining Citi, MasterCard, and others, is the latest financial institution to seek solutions in the Start-Up Nation
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  • 18.12.13
    Israeli Startup MooVooZ Makes Moving Homes Less Stressful With Online Platform
    Israeli startup MooVooZ is trying to simplify the process by digitizing the moving industry through an online moving comparing and booking. Read More
  • 30.10.13
    PayPal Waives $50,000 of Payment Fees for Startups
    Global online payments provider PayPal is hoping to give digital startups a boost by waiving up to $50,000 in payment processing fees for 18 Read More
  • 06.08.13
    Bank Leumi Invests in Financial Startups for the First Time
    Bank chooses collaboration with Elevator. According to Danny Sidon, Deputy CEO of Bank Leumi... Read More
  • 25.06.13
    Business in Brief
    Startup accelerator Elevator raises $10 million from private, Chinese backers. Read More
  • 22.06.13
    Bursting the Bubble of Israel as a Startup Nation
    Israel prides itself on being a high-tech hub, but the reality is that ambitious companies eventually look overseas to truly thrive. Read More
Blog Posts
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  • 14.07.2014
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  • 21.07.2014
    Lior Prosor’s Blog

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